Norton tops list

England flyer Dan Norton. Picture: WORLD RUGBY

DAN Norton became the first to score 300 tries on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as England progressed to the Cup quarter-finals in Dubai.

England had to settle for second place in Pool D after losing to Australia in an enthralling decider in the final match of day one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 opening round in Dubai on Friday, but nothing could take away from Dan Norton’s moment of history.

The two other unbeaten sides on day one were Fiji and New Zealand, Norton, an Olympic silver-medallist with Team GB at Rio 2016, made his debut on the series back in 2009 and has had this milestone in his mind for a while.

“It was a nice feeling. Obviously, I’ve had the whole of pre-season to think about it but at the same time I was excited about the whole season ahead of us,” he said.

“I’m pretty excited to have my Dad here in the crowd with his big, massive flag. It’s an amazing present for the family and I want to thank my team-mates from the past and current as well.”

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